The Snowy North

There is very little snow here so my friend Nigel suggested we head up north to photograph the waterfalls of Grey County. On our drive up we made a quick pitstop by the site of the road when we saw a lone tree sitting on a hill beyond a low stone wall.

Beyond the Rock Wall

Beyond the Rock Wall

It was worth the stop. Our first waterfall stop was McGowan falls which is the closest of the four we planned to see. This waterfall is situated at a damn so although not the prettiest when shot dead on it has beautiful detail elements to it.

McGowan Falls Detail 1

McGowan Falls Detail 1

The snow and ice enhance the detail shot. Although cold out it is worth getting my butt out of the house during winter. The next waterfall was Hoggs. In the summer it is fairly easy to get down into the gorge below the falls but with the snow it seemed a little too slippery to chance it so I did the only thing I could do – turn around and take a shot of the sun through the trees.

Winter Forest Path

Hoggs Falls Forest Path

Eugenia Falls is fairly close to Hoggs but the parking lot was closed when we got there. Seems they close in winter but there is still street parking or you can do what we did – park right in front of the snow pile at the front gate. It’s a short walk in to the falls. The views from the top were exceptional and this is another waterfall that is tough to get down into the gorge. I’m not sure how to get there even when it’s not slippery.

Icy Trees of Eugenia Falls

Icy Trees of Eugenia Falls

The waterfall itself had a great flow – this one is usually a trickle. What captured my eye was the beautiful icy trees that stood in front of the falls. After a little lunch we checked out Walter’s Falls which is located next to a hotel and pretty difficult to see from above. Nigel and I decided it was too slippery to try the path so we moved on to Inglis falls, located just outside of Owen Sound.

Inglis Falls Detail

Inglis Falls Detail

Inglis had too much light along the top while the bottom sat in shadow. I hoped that we could stay long enough for the sun to move enough but no luck so I stuck to photographing the details near the bottom of the gorge. With the sun going down we decided to get in one more waterfall – Jones Falls.

Jones Waterfall

Jones Waterfall

I think next time Nigel and I have decided to come a little more prepared with yak traks and the like.

 

 

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